Wednesday, 14 June 2017

The Ordinary Skincare HAUL

The Ordinary is a skincare brand I first saw on ASOS. The simplistic, almost medicinal style packaging is what caught my eye at first. Followed by the surprising price tag- Everything was under £10. Usually, I don't like cheap skincare. I don't see how it can be good and cost so little. Call me a skincare snob? I'll take it. What made me go for it was the fact they are made my Deciem. A brand I love and trust. NIOD, Hylamide and Grow Gorgeous (although I believe they have just sold GG recently) are just a few brand under the Deciem name, which also happen to do some of my favourite products.

I ordered a few bits from ASOS anyway to give it a go after I started seeing it pop up all over Instagram, soon followed by YouTube videos and so on.

The first thing that caught my eye was the High-Spreadability Fluid Primer (£5.50). I liked the sound of this because it claimed to help your base to spread evenly over areas of dryness "especially around the eyes". You won't know as I haven't been blogging in a while (Notice how I just skim over that subject..) but my eyes have been horrifically dry and dehydrated after a reaction came back to haunt me. I seem to have it under control now but under my eyes have been left so badly dehydrated that nothing sits nicely over top, no matter how much eye cream/primer/whatever I put on. I thought for £5.50 I'd give this one a go, since as it specifically mentions my main concern. 

I then stuck the Lactic Acid 10% + 2% HA serum (£6) in my basket. I love anything that exfoliates the skin and I haven't got any other products that uses lactic acid as the main exfoliating ingredient. There is also a 5% version but of course I went for 10%. Give me all the AHA's. It also claims to help with inflammation and sensitivity too, bonus! 

The Niacinamide 10% + Zinc £5 also took my interest as it's all about getting rid of congestion and blemishes. I have my beloved La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo for this already, which clearly works a treat but if I can find an alternative for only £5 I am very willing to try it out! 

I then stuck the Salicylic Acid 2% Solution in there as well seeing as it was £4. I love salicylic acid- my skin gets on very well with it, so I am always up for trying out a new treatment. This is the only product I have tried out so far. It was only once so of course I can't give a solid review from that. but on first application it felt nice and light. It absorbed into the skin quickly and did not leave any residue behind. So it is pleasant to apply, lets just hope it delivers some results to go with it. 

I am actually really looking forward to trying these out! Skeptical, though. I will be giving them a thorough try before coming back and writing a follow up review. 

Is there anything else I need to pick up from The Ordinary? I have my eye on the Glycolic Acid solution but it seems to be out of stock everywhere.

Thanks for reading!

Zoe x 

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Thursday, 4 August 2016

Tanya Burr Martha Moo Luxe Lip Gloss REVIEW and swatches

If you are looking for an affordable liquid lipstick, look no further than Martha Moo from Tanya Burr Cosmetics. 

This £5.99 liquid lip ticks all the boxes when it comes to an affordable, on trend lip colour.  Not only is the shade very much on trend, a very wearable mauvey nude, the formulation is also great. It is a light, whipped texture that wears very well on the lips. It sets down to a completely matte finish, yet does not feel drying at all. It also layers up quite nicely, as it does not cake or bunch up at all.

How does it wear? Pretty damn well. It lasts for hours before starting to wear away ever so slightly in the center of the lips (more so toward the inside of the lips) but I find that with most liquid lips. It is not a problem either as it layers up really nicely, so touch ups are nothing to worry about.

I love the shade as I find it is far easier to wear than a lot of the nude shades going around right now. It is still very on trend but has a lot more pink in it, which makes me slightly less dark and more wearable. If you are slightly paler in complexion I feel this will work really well for you. I find with a lot of these types of shades they end up looking super dark on. Martha Moo pulls enough pink to keep it looking slightly lighter on the lips.

My overall though of the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss is it is great. Especially for only £5.99. How it feels and wears on the lips compares to liquid lips three times the price. The colour is totally gorgeous, too.

Have you tried the Tanya Burr Luxe Lip Gloss yet? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Thank you for reading!

Zoe x

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

July Favourites

Tanya Burr Matte Lip in Martha Moo // £5.99
Another liquid lip to add to the collection. I am really impressed with the formula of this. It is very long wearing and comfortable on the lips. Not as light as some other liquid lips I have tried but by no means heavy or thick. The colour is beautiful! I feel like it is a great option for those who want that on trend mauvey-nude shade but a lot of them come up too dark (in my case, from being so pale. Weh.) It pulls of the perfect amount of rosy pink and nude at the same time.

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray // £6.99
I forgot how bloody good this stuff was! For £6.99, I can easily say this is one of the best and most affordable texturising sprays I have tried. I bought this when I first got my hair cut into a lob (almost 2 years ago. Mental.) but the cap broke and I forgot all about it. Well, I picked it up again from Boots and I have totally fallen in love. This is a great option for anyone with super fine hair (Ahem, me) who struggles with their curls staying in place but also wants to add that messy/undone look to your hair. It gives a lot of hold, without being too heavy or stiff in the hair and messes up your hair to that perfectly tousled, textured look. I will say, however, trying to brush this out the next morning is a nightmare and if your hair is particularly dry, this might be a little too much for you. Other than that though, I love it!

B. Hyaluronic Acid Spritz // £7.99
Yet another facial spray. I like this one because it is super hydrating. I love the fact is has hyaluronic acid in it yet it doesn't feel sticky or tacky on the skin at all. I layer this up generously between masks, treatments etc and it works a treat. Great for anyone with dehydrated skin that is looking for an instant boost of moisture.

Topshop Lip Contour Lip Liner // £6.50
I go between thinking this liner makes me look a bit dead and thinking it is the best thing since sliced bread and I want to wear it, and only it, for the rest of my life. I think it is possibly the fact I am not use to wearing this kind of shade that makes me think I look dead. It is far paler than any other lip product I own. I do love it though. I fill in my entire lip with it and usually just leave it there. It is surprisingly comfortable to wear despite being a liner and easy to top up and reapply.

What were your July favourites? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading.

Zoe x

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